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March 5, 2014

Keisling hopes for a big party at end of week

Third-year coach has led Western girls to state finals.

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Keisling said the transition to coaching a girls team after previously coaching boys teams proved easier than expected.

“I wondered how it’d be coaching girls in terms of my temperament,” he said. “Girls are just like boys in a lot of ways — they’re competitors, they’re athletes, they work hard, they want to win and they’re determined. Having raised [two daughters], there is certainly a difference between boys and girls, but the competitive fire is no different. Sometimes the way you work with girls and communicate with girls is just a little different.”

Keisling’s basketball passion runs deep. His mother, Linda, graduated from Kokomo High School in the magical year of 1961, when Kokomo’s boys team won the state championship. His father, Dale, is a 1960 Northwestern graduate.

“I’ve been pretty immersed in Howard County basketball and all the history that goes with that,” Keisling said.

Now, Keisling’s squad is adding to that history.

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